PANAJI: The Director of Education (DoE) today has issued a circular directing school to dismiss their classes before 12 pm today and tomorrow in view of the heat wave warning issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Goa.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant yesterday asked the Director of Education to issue a circular to close schools before noon on March 9 and 10 in view of the heat wave warning issued by the IMD.
The IMD issued the heat wave warning after the maximum temperature rose to 37 degrees Celsius, with the capital city recording 38.4 degrees Celsius temperature, which according to IMD, was six degrees Celsius above normal.
IMD has advised citizens and tourists to avoid heat exposure, stay hydrated, and protect themselves from dehydration.
Goa is battling several simultaneous wildfires, especially within the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary and in several other parts of the state. Rising temperature above normal is one of the possible causes attributed to these fires.
MD Goa, in-charge, said that the maximum temperature over Goa is likely to remain 4-6 degrees Celsius above the normal value. He said that since March 1, till date, the maximum temperature has been above 36 degrees Celsius for the continuous period.